Sunday evening.   We went to hear Jonas Kaufmann sing Winterreise in a concert performance at the Royal Opera House.   I’ve been brought up on recordings of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing them and I got a frisson from hearing them sung so slowly, so quietly and with such extraordinary control, shiveringly not just because they are about winter, the graveyard and snow.   At the end, the man behind me said ‘Would you give it a four or a five ?’.  A funny comment as if it was a football match against Fischer-Dieskau.


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